5 Tools Every Christian Blogger Needs

Christian blogging is HARD.

Blogging in general isn’t easy, but Christian blogging especially can be really challenging. There’s so many different elements to it, difficult topics, and can be too close to home or really difficult to write – and then you have to worry about citing every Bible reference, making sure nothing conflicts with the Truth, proving your point in a clear and concise way that people can understand. And, of course, there are always going to be people who don’t agree with your views or don’t get it.

If blogging is so hard, then why do we do it? Because we have a voice that needs to be heard and a story that needs to be told. If you’re getting uninspired or discouraged with Christian blogging, think about who you’re doing this for. Spoiler alert: The whole purpose of this is to honor God and share his message.

So, I’ve put together a list of tools for Christian bloggers that will help make that blogging journey a little bit easier! So, let’s get right into it! (These aren’t in any particular order, and this post is not sponsored.)

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Imagine.

Take a moment and imagine.

Imagine that you have been sent down from Heaven and become something that you’ve created. Imagine thousands of people hanging onto your every word. Imagine calming storms, walking on water, healing the blind and the sick and the paralyzed.

But through all the incredible things you are doing throughout your perfect life, people are plotting against you, trying to overthrow you. But you know that the day they will succeed in arresting you is coming.

Imagine you are sitting at a table with twelve people who have devoted their lives to following you, and knowing that one of those people will betray you in a few hours.

Imagine crying out to the LORD, saying, “Father, remove this cup from me.” But imagine, as you are praying, guards come up to you and arrest you, one of your own disciples leading them.

Then imagine being held for trial, and then an official asking the crowd, “Which should I let go? This man, Jesus, who has done no wrong, or Barabbas the murderer, riot-leader, and criminal?” Then imagine them shouting the name of the murderer, as you drag your own cross up a steep hill.

Imagine they nail you to a cross, mocking you and adorning you with a crown made of thorns, hanging a sign above your head reading King of the Jews.

Then imagine the sky growing dark, thunder booming in the Heavens as the curtain separating the priests from the people is torn in to. Imagine shouting, “It is finished.” Imagine breathing your last breath.

Imagine that you have done no wrong, but you have taken the punishment of the world’s sins and made everything new with that very last breath.

Imagine that you are a young woman, holding onto your daughters and crying because you are watching your oldest son, who the LORD gave to you, who is the son of God, dying on a cross, treated as a criminal. You are overcome with grief, tears streaming down your face as you hear his last words over and over in your mind and stare, shocked, at the torn curtain before you.

Now imagine you are a young man, a man of good character and heart. You go to Pilate and ask for the body of the Son of God. You take him down from the cross, wrapping him gently in linen cloths and placing him in a rock tomb, a tomb that nobody had ever used before. A heavy stone was rolled in front of the tomb.

Next, imagine you are one of a group of women, bringing burial spices you prepared yesterday. Finding the stone rolled back from the tomb, imagine you step inside, only to find nothing there. Then suddenly, two angels stood in front of them, filling the tomb with light. You bow down. The angels said, “Why are you looking for the living among the dead? He isn’t here. He has been resurrected.”

Amazed, you run back to your friends and the disciples of Jesus, telling them the news. But nobody believes you.

Then imagine you are Peter, one of the disciples of Jesus, hearing that news and not believing a single word. “In order to believe, I must see it,” you exclaim, running down to the tomb. But you don’t see Jesus there. You shake your head, confused, wondering where Jesus has gone.

Finally, imagine you are a man named Cleopas, walking with one friend along the road, still grieving Jesus’ death. You talk with the friend, puzzling and asking questions and trying to figure out exactly what is going on. But soon, a strange man you don’t recognize asks what exactly you are talking about. Thinking he is probably the only man in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard what’s been going on, you explain everything to him as all three of you walk together down the road.

Once you’re finished explaining, imagine the man starts pointing out everything in Scripture that explains Jesus and how he has to have been resurrected. Imagine every single one of his points make perfect sense, and for some reason as he is talking to you, you feel as if you are on fire. “Come with us,” you say to the man. “Have dinner with us.” He agrees.

But as the man takes the bread, blesses it, and breaks it, your eyes are opened. Instantly you know who this man is. “Jesus?”

But then, suddenly, the man disappears.

Imagine that you and your friend race back to the disciples and your friends, exclaiming, “It’s real! It actually happened! Jesus is risen!

Imagine Jesus appears just as you are explaining everything. You shake with fear, thinking that you are seeing a ghost of Jesus. But then imagine that he says, “Peace be with you.” Then he lets you touch him, and he says, “A ghost doesn’t have muscle and bone. It is really me.”

Imagine that everything just seems too good to be true. You sit there, bewildered, and feed Jesus some leftover food just as he starts to say:

“You are a witness to the world. Everything since the beginning has been leading up to this moment.” He helps you understand the Bible. Imagine he is opening your eyes so suddenly everything is crystal clear.

Imagine Jesus is risen.

Now stop imagining.

Everything that you just imagined really happened. Jesus really died for our sins. Jesus really conquered the grave and made us new. Through Jesus, we now can see everything clearly.

You aren’t just imagining things. Jesus is risen, and someday, he’s coming back again.

This Easter Sunday, think about everything that God has done for you. Two thousand years ago, he died for you. He took the punishment we all deserve so we don’t have to suffer, and he conquered death. God couldn’t be around sin – so he sent his one and only son to take the punishment of our sins so we could be with him. So now the gates to Heaven are open for you to step through and meet your Savior someday.

All you have to do to become a Christian and go to Heaven someday when your life ends is, first, ADMIT. Admit that you are a sinner and repent from everything you’ve done. Then, BELIEVE. Believe that Jesus died for your sins and rose from the grave, so you could go to Heaven someday and be with Him. And then, CONFESS. Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, speaking with your heart and lips out loud saying that you are now a Christian. You are made new, and you’re going to Heaven someday.

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I’m Going On A (Kind Of) Hiatus?

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I’m looking at the calendar for April, and I’m totally overwhelmed. I’ve got school, Camp NaNoWriMo (a slightly insane novel-writing challenge), dance, a ton of birthdays, holidays, events, trips, and a gala I’m an ambassador for.

I thought, How on Earth am I going to do all that AND have post a blog post every week?! I have trouble doing that already!

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I decided I needed to cut back…but I love blogging so much! I was torn. What should I do?

But then, I thought…What if I didn’t take a full-on bloggingbreak? What if I just went on…a consistency break?

Basically, for the month of April, I’m taking a break from posting every week (like I’ve been doing that, haha. I’m trying, people, I’m trying). But! When I have the time and energy to blog, I’ll post!

So this means you’ll still be seeing posts from me: just not every single week.

Are you gonna miss me? 😛 Just kidding! Head on over to the American Girl World YouTube channel to watch the video version of this post. Thanks for supporting me in my blogging journey. Love you guys!

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Standing Firm in My Faith is Now Accepting Guest Posts!

Hi everyone! I have some really exciting news for today!

Standing Firm in My Faith is Now Accepting Guest Posts!

I’m so excited to see your posts! The application process is a lot different now, and there are some new requirements, so make sure to check those out. You can submit your post on this page!

Why Guest Post?

  • It will get your blog and social media publicity
  • You will gain followers
  • You will have a better chance of becoming an author once that reopens!
  • You can get practice writing devotionals.
  • Writing faith posts helps you grow in your faith!
  • It’s a great way to build your platform.

Don’t forget to submit your post here!

Are you going to submit a guest post? Are you excited?

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Hope in the Brokenness: A Mini Devotional

This world is broken.

That fact is so painfully true. That fact describes the people living on the streets, those suffering, sinning, hating, crying, breaking, all because sin entered the world.

Sometimes that makes you wonder: what was life like before this world was broken? Will it ever be healed again?

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

Genesis 1:31 | NIV |

God originally created this world perfectly. And God saw that it was good. That phrase pulses through Genesis 1, repeating over and over to give a point: The world was good.

There was no brokenness; no suffering; no sin; no hate; no tears; no pain. There was no night, there was no sickness. The world was whole, and God walked side-by-side with man.

But then came the fall. Sin entered the world, and God no longer dwelled with man because He cannot be around sin. And that perfect world was gone.

For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.

1 John 2:16 | NIV |

But then Jesus came.

When Jesus sacrificed everything, took the form of an imperfect human, and died on the cross to take the punishment of our sins, we could finally enter Heaven. Someday we will be with God again. Someday we will belong to a perfect world.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

John 16:33 | NIV |

In Revelations 21, the Bible talks about the new Heaven and the new Earth being like a new Eden. A perfect, amazing world where God dwells with the people and everyone is happy.

For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

1 John 5:4 | NIV |

So in your pain, in this broken world, know that there is hope. Someday the world will be made new.

Dear God, please help me to have hope. Help me to know that you are always there for me. I can’t wait for when the world is made new and when I will see You someday in Heaven. I know You are coming back someday. In the meantime, help me to do all I can to help make this world a better place. I love you, God, and I know you love me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Hi everyone! I hope you enjoyed today’s devotional. Look at me being on time and actually posting this on Wednesday, haha. This topic is really important to me, and I believe that everyone needs a reminder that everything is going to be okay and that there is hope in this broken world.

On Saturday, guest post submissions will be open, so keep an eye out for that! Bye guys!

I encourage all of you to take the challenge! I would absolutely love it if you shared this post with anyone you think would like to do this challenge, so that way we can spread the word! Have a fantastic day, and don’t forget to hold the door! (Day 1’s challenge :P)

Are you excited for the day when we will get to meet Jesus (and each other!) in Heaven? Can you wait for the day when Jesus is coming? Did you like this devotional?

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31 Acts of Kindness: Take the Challenge! + FREE Printable Checklist!

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On this blog, I’m always talking about how God shines a light in the darkness. My favorite QuoteByMe™ is “light can shine even in the darkest places.”

But how do you shine your light to others? How do you help chase away the darkness in this world?

A great place to start is doing acts of kindness. These simple acts have a small impact on the world. Together, we can use acts of kindness to help shine a light.

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So, I’ve put together a list of 31 Acts of Kindness for you to try this March – I challenge you to do them all! And, I’m going to try to do these with you!

I’m even including a free printable checklist at the end of this post that you can put in your room so you can check them off and remind yourself to do them! We can do this, guys! Of course, you can always skip the ones that don’t apply to you (like maybe your family didn’t watch TV on March 17 so you couldn’t do #17.)

How it works: Do one of these challenges every day this March, and check it off on the free printable as you go! If you have to skip one because it doesn’t apply, save it for a different day or repeat an earlier one. Don’t worry about getting behind, because you can always do two in one day or save some for May!

  1. Hold the door for someone.
  2. Lend a helping hand.
  3. Do your chores or pitch in without being asked. Your parents will thank you!
  4. This one is from Maddie Ziegler in her book The Maddie Diaries – send a text (or letter if you don’t have a phone or can’t text) to someone you haven’t seen in forever, saying how much you miss them!
  5. Give someone a compliment and really mean it.
  6. Let someone know that everything is going to be okay.
  7. Leave a sweet comment on someone’s blog that doesn’t get much traffic. Comments make a blogger’s day!
  8. Smile. A smile goes a long way. If you smile, someone else will probably start smiling too!
  9. Say hi or good morning to a random stranger.
  10. Write a Bible verse on a sticky note and stick it somewhere people will see it.
  11. Put others before yourself.
  12. Surprise someone (Think candy, a book, something you made, a just-because card…). They’ll appreciate it!
  13. This one is from Charis Rae – leave a note in a library book for others to see!
  14. Give someone you love a hug.
  15. Isn’t it so fun to get mail? Why not write a letter to a friend?
  16. Let someone else have a turn.
  17. Let someone else pick the TV show!
  18. Make a just-because card.
  19. Leave encouraging notes around a public place, like your school or library.
  20. Pray for your friends and family.
  21. Donate something to a charity you love.
  22. Follow someone back or comment back.
  23. Let someone borrow something (like a book!)
  24. Create something – a story, a piece of art, card, a dance, poem, song – and give it to someone or dedicate it to them.
  25. Try to only say kind and helpful things for the day. Keep thoughts of hate or dislike about someone to yourself. It’s okay to have opinions. It’s not okay to hurt someone’s feelings. If you are going to criticize someone, then do it constructively and kindly.
  26. Let your friends and family know how much you appreciate them.
  27. Write something (like a blog post or email) about kindness and share it with your followers or friends.
  28. Send a nice text. Why? Because who wouldn’t love to see their phone light up with a sweet note! Include lots of smiley emojis!
  29. Help someone.
  30. Give something (a tip or word of encouragement) to someone who needs it.
  31. Spend the day thinking about others and being as kind as you can.

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I encourage all of you to take the challenge! I would absolutely love it if you shared this post with anyone you think would like to do this challenge, so that way we can spread the word! Have a fantastic day, and don’t forget to hold the door! (Day 1’s challenge :P)

Are you doing this challenge? Are you excited? Doesn’t the world need more kindness and light?

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What Christians Forget About Their Identity: Finding YOU Behind Life’s Labels (Guest Post by Julia)

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Hey there people, my name is Julia.  I’m a writer, blogger, bookdragon, Ice cream lover, and a kazillion other things. (Annoying being one of those.)

You know what else I am? A Christian.

Now, if you’ve been around the blogosphere a time or two you may have noticed something.  Many bloggers, in their bios, mention a handful of things that define them – such as a writer, reader, entrepreneur, etc.  And in the same way, they will also include things like “Christian”, “Child of God”, “Believer”, and “Jesus follower” to let people know about their Faith in God.  This is all perfectly fine, I firmly believe that we who are saved should make it clear Who it is that we serve.  

HOWEVER.  

Christians have fallen into the incredibly deep pit of LABELS.  And this habit is starting to not only dampen our lives — but it’s also the very source of our IDENTITY PROBLEMS.

Do you call yourself a “writer”? — that tells people that you write (obviously) and gives them a picture of one of the things you spend your time doing. But, what if I was to take away that title – that label of a “writer” from you.  Guess what? You would still be you! Me taking away that label does absolutely nothing to change you.

Are you a “reader” or a “bookworm”? That tells us you like to read — a lot.  But if that label of a “reader” was taken away, you’d still be the same book-loving person as before.

The same is with an artist, or a plumber, or a chef – you strip them of their labels and they remain the same people.

Labels help define you, but they are not you.

-Colin Wright

This is because, like Colin Wright once said, these labels — they are an easy and fast way to let people know what sort of things you like to do or are interested in.  But they are still just labels – and no matter how well a label may describe you, it is still not truly who you are.

This is why people have such a hard time with their identity and knowing who they are.

Because we put so much on labels.  We want to be able to grasp a title and say “THIS IS WHO I AM” – but its not that easy, and often, even once you’ve found a title that fits you really well, you’ll still feel discontented because that’s not who you are – things that define something can never be that thing themselves.  

So how do you discover your true identity?

Speaking specifically to Christians, the answer to this is the same thing we forget while telling the world “I’m a Christian”.

We’re so busy using the title or label of a Christian, that we forget what that actually means.  We start to view it as this thing, something we put on as our identity – like clothes.

The key to truly finding our identities is in remembering that Christianity is NOT a label – Christianity is WHO WE ARE.  

26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.

Galatians 3:26 NIV

You are a child of the Great I AM. Once you were the child of Sin, but now you have been adopted into God’s family.  Which means, that old identity, that old name, that old person you used to be is GONE. Now you are a Christian and that’s not just some title or label that describes you.

THAT IS WHO YOU ARE – Inside – The REAL YOU.  

When you’re saved, that Sinful person dies and a new person is born – not on the outside, but on the inside – your identity – your very being is made new.  

A Christian is not WHAT I am, a Christian is WHO I am.

You can strip away my claims of being a “writer”, “reader”, or “blogger” –you can tear away all the labels I’ve ever used to describe myself — but you can NEVER, NEVER, take away my identity.

All those labels, they can be lost, after all, they’re only temporal – but my position as a child of GOD is ETERNAL.  

Because that’s the deepest part of who I am.

And behind all the labels – that’s who you are too.

So let’s not forget it.

Meet the Blogger:

Julia Skinner is a lover of fantasies, cleanliness, and sarcasm with a rather concerning fondness of sharp things. She dwells in the reclusive Texas countryside with her parents and 4 siblings where she bemourns her ruthless nemesis: MATH, fumes at her computer’s unresponsiveness whenever she attempts to do her college and buries herself between pages of words. Her existence solely relies on the constant, never-ending mercy of her Savior Jesus Christ and she lives to bring Him glory in all things.

Julia writes about all things inspiring, from books to hobbies, every week over at LITAFLAME.BLOG

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Hey guys. It’s Emmie here. I’m honestly at loss for words at how wonderful this post is and how incredible the message is. Thank you so much to Julia for writing it and congratulations to her on winning the giveaway!

If you would like your guest post featured like this one, I am opening guest post submission in a few weeks! (Think March 6). I’m looking forward to seeing your submissions!

Are you planning on submitting a guest post when submissions open? Did you like this post as much as I did? Do you find your identity in God, not labels?

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